05 January, 2016

A new species of Buthacus from Algeria

Wilson Lourenco and Salah Sadine have recently described a new species of Buthacus Birula, 1908 (Buthidae) from the Ghardaïa Region of Central Algeria.

Buthacus samiae Lourenco & Sadine, 2015

Since the early 2000s, the genus Buthacus Birula, 1908 (family Buthidae) has been the subject of an important number of studies. Most of the species considered in these studies come from North Africa, in particular from Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. One more new species of Buthacus is here described from the Algerian Saharan desert, raising the number of confirmed Buthacus species in Algeria to six. This new discovery brings further evidence about the complexity of this genus, and also attests to a considerable degree of diversity found in the Algerian Saharan desert.

Lourenco WR, Sadine SE. A new species of Buthacus Birula, 1908 from the region of Ghardaïa, Algeria (Scorpiones, Buthidae). Revista Iberica de Arachnologia. 2015 (27):55-9.

Thanks to Dr. Sadine for sending me this article!

Family Buthidae

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